21 June 2019
Like the triple cameras, bezel-less display and the notch were the talking points of 2018, it looks like 5G may hog the limelight in 2019. Almost all the major brands have done their bit of research and are gradually showcasing their 5G capable devices with ‘modified’ SoC’s. A couple of months back Chinese smartphone company Vivo showcased a 5G enabled NEX S.
Now the company has revealed that it has set up its research unit on 5G back in 2016 and demonstrated its 5G capabilities at the International Symposium on ICTs event in China. Vivo also showcased an unnamed variant of the NEX S running on a 5G network first time in public.
Vivo’s head of AI Global Research Institute Wei Zhou announced that the company will only be making pre-commercial 5G devices in 2019 and also stated that Vivo will release commercial devices with 5G connectivity sometime by 2020 only. It was revealed that the company has filed more than 1,500 proposals to the 3GPP standardization organization over the last 2 years. However, not much information was revealed regarding the 5G device during this event.
Though many companies have made commendable progress with their 5G capable smartphones, however, the success of 5G depends on the telecom operators as to how they plan to make the service to the masses.